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CSU General Education - Breadth Requirements

As part of the general education requirements for a bachelor's degree, all CSU students must meet the minimum of 48 semester units of general education breadth requirement. The general education requirement includes 39 semester units of lower-division (GE-Breadth) and at least nine units of upper-division courses, completed after transferring to the CSU.

The CSU GE-Breadth Requirements is a lower division 39 semester/58.5 quarter unit pattern with specified courses in the areas of:

  • Area A — English Language Communication and Critical Thinking
  • Area B — Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning
  • Area C — Arts and Humanities
  • Area D — Social Sciences
  • Area E — Lifelong Learning and Self-Development

Each California Community College (CCC) has a list of courses that can be used in each of the areas. The list is also available at www.assist.org. Each of the areas has a minimum number of units or courses. See the Transfer Student Planner for more information about each of the areas.

CCCs or other certifying institutions can certify up to 39 lower-division GE-Breadth semester (58.5 quarter) units. Students who are certified with 39 semester units of lower-division GE-Breadth units will only be required to complete a minimum of nine semester (13.5 quarter) units of upper division general education work after transfer just like other students attending your CSU campus.

It is important that you request that your CCC certify completion of CCC coursework that meets CSU general education requirements. Certification means that CSU will accept these courses to meet the CSU GE-Breadth areas designated by your CCC.

CCC can certify each subject area (Area A, B, C, D, E) or the whole pattern.

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